NEW THIS WEEK
DEL SOL STRING QUARTET celebrates the last Hoisan poets and the end of Angel Island Immigration Station. PERSEVERANCE returns with a live stream from MPC Theatre Company, directed by Teddy Eck and featuring previously published and original pieces written and performed by the Cast. Streaming live on Friday, May 21st, 7:30pm. PLAYWRIGHT HOWARD BURNHAM performs his own William Hogarth, Artist of his Age. PIANIST BRIAN GANZ, ‘Romantic and the Revolutionary Spirit,’ for Distinguished Artists. DISNEY TRIBUTE at Monterey Fairgrounds. FUSION VIOLINIST MADS TOLLING at Kuumbwa. FOR DETAILS AND LINKS, CLICK HERE
CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST MUSIC
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 31. Applications are now open for the California Central Coast Orchestra and Jazz Academy (COJAC), a brand new and most unique summer music academy. A partnership between The Monterey Jazz Festival, El Sistema USA/Salinas, and Kuumbwa Jazz/Santa Cruz, COJAC brings the worlds of Classical and Jazz together and offers participants the chance to network, play side-by-side, build leadership skills, and learn from world-class musicians from LA Phil, Israel Philharmonic, SFOpera, Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Grammy Award Winners, among others. Repertoire: Tico Tico (Abreu), Festive Overture (Shostakovich), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), and more. Full Scholarships available for El Sistema students & alumni! July 11-31. Ages 14-24. Application deadline: May 31. CLICK HERE
ARTS COUNCIL SANTA CRUZ launches The Business of Art, a six-week series of online classes, Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Topics include: Artrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, Business Foundation, Grant Writing Basics, Pricing your Work and Legal Aspects of Art. Register HERE
PETER GELB’S NEWEST MET OPERA GAMBIT BLOW UP.
WILL HE EVER GET IT RIGHT? Click HERE
PENDERECKI IN MEMORIAM
MAX HOROWITZ’ series of podcasts honoring the late, great Polish composer has added a new edition featuring international conductor and longtime Penderecki advocate Kent Nagano. Click HERE
SINGING THE BLUES AT MILLS COLLEGE
FUTURE FOR UNIQUE MUSIC PROGRAM is glum. Click HERE
KENNY STAHL & BOB BURNETT
THEIR COMPLETE concert at St Ignatius Parish, April 29.
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
WHEN I FIRST LISTENED to this new CD I thought I had stumbled into a Disney fantasyland. The title of this ‘concerto’ and the accompanying notes did nothing to dispel the impression; the music only underscored it. Co-creator Susan Lim wrote, “For over a decade my partner in the operating room has been a robot surgeon. Outside of surgeries, I have noticed the changing landscape of companionship driven by two forces facing us in society today:longevity and loneliness on the one hand and disruptive new technologies on the other.” Lim continued, “This, coupled with a love for music, and a great relationship with composer and orchestrator Manu Martin, led me to imagine a futuristic companionship between Human and Inanimate, between life and non-life, in the post-modern classical work, the Lim Fantasy Companionship for Piano and Orchestra.
The 33-minute piece, in some 21 short movements, is divided into six “acts,” songs by Joi Barua, Ron J Danziger and Matthieu Eymard that range the world in a fantastically colorful orchestration for ALAN, “a plush inanimate baby lion who craves the new science of synthetic DNA.” The CD, with its perfect-bound booklet, features pianist Tedd Joselson, solo-voice Eymard, conductor Arthur Fagen, the London Voices and London Symphony Orchestra, plus a generous smattering of folk instruments, all opulently recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. No expense was spared it appears; AI, robotics and synthetics are sprinkled in but not at the expense of a unique, enchanting musical experience. SM
JEWEL THEATRE COMPANY’S 2021-22
NOTICES TO GO OUT NEXT WEEK, announcing a full season that includes Heisenberg, The Weir, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Remains to be Seen, An Iliad and Deathtrap. Click HERE
ST ANTHONY’S SERMON TO THE FISHES
On this 110th anniversary of composer Gustav Mahler’s death.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor